I know that we all think we’re immortal, we’re supposed to feel that way, we’re graduating. The future is and should be bright, but, like our brief four years in high school, what makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever, what makes it precious is that it ends.
I know that now more than ever. And I say it today of all days to remind us that time is luck. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life, make yours count for something.
Fight for what matters to you, no matter what.
Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live?
It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will be dark days ahead of us too, and there’ll be days where you feel all alone, and that’s when hope is needed most.
Keep it alive. No matter how buried it gets, or lost you feel, you must promise me, that you will hold on to hope and keep it alive.
We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you, is to become hope. People need that.
I know it feels like we’re saying goodbye, but we will carry a piece of each other into everything that we do next, to remind us of who we are, and of who we’re meant to be.
With all the news about the tragedies in life lately, I can’t help but fall back to Gwen Stacy’s valedictorian speech from The Amazing Spider-man 2: Rise of Electro. The importance of the fragility of life. We’ve all learned that before, I know I have.
MH17 and MH370 in one year.. just horrific reminders of the importance of cherishing those you love. None of us in my batch can truly say we are unaffected, especially when one of our own has lost so much. We were discussing it over breakfast, talking about the compensation his family would get (and how it would never be enough), about how lonely the house must feel now, about what emotions they must all be feeling right now. There is a dull ache in my heart right now just thinking about it. I am so sorry for all those who have lost the people they love. I am so sorry that this pain will remain forever. I am truly so sorry.
The most we can learn from these incidents is to truly live every single day, to give every moment your all. We never get time back, it passes us by and then it’s gone forever.
Here’s another Spider-man quote:
“Don’t just follow the path, make your own trail.”